3, 2, 1, Go!

By: Emily Arnold McCully

Ann tells Min she’s too young to play school: “‘Here is the line . . . You may not step over it.’” How can Min join Ann and Bess without breaking this rule? Full-color illustrations were created with pen and ink and watercolor.

ISBN: 9780823432882

JLG Release: Mar 2015


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Play , Elephants , Sibling relationships , Creativity , Rockets

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Awards & Honors

2015 Cybils Awards Nomination, Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

When elephants Ann and Bess play school, Ann makes it quite clear that younger Min is not welcome. “‘This is a school zone Min. . . . Here is the line,’ said Ann. ‘ You may not step over it.’” Clever Min is not deterred. She promptly begins gathering materials—board, rocks, a big tube, a rope, and a helmet. When elephants Ann and Bess play school, Ann makes it quite clear that younger Min is not welcome. “‘This is a school zone Min. . . . Here is the line,’ said Ann. ‘ You may not step over it.’” Clever Min is not deterred. She promptly begins gathering materials—board, rocks, a big tube, a rope, and a helmet. Before long Min has engineered a rocket with a seesaw delivery system (Wile E. Coyote style) that, much to Ann’s dismay, takes her right into the school zone. “‘Hi!’ said Min. “I didn’t step over the line. I flew over it.’” The text uses contractions, simple words, and also some challenging terms such as “scientist.” The pen and ink with watercolor illustrations clearly depict the action and follow the text. They provide just the right amount of detail, expression, and white space to help new readers along. VERDICT This easy reader is sure to be well liked by siblings, regardless of their birth order.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH

Junior Library Guild

  • In this engaging and gently humorous story, Min is excluded because of her age. But, like many younger kids and siblings, she is determined to play with the big kids anyway, going to great lengths to do so.
  • Min exemplifies perseverance. Instead of giving up on playing school with Ann and Bess, Min devises and carries out a clever
    • In this engaging and gently humorous story, Min is excluded because of her age. But, like many younger kids and siblings, she is determined to play with the big kids anyway, going to great lengths to do so.
    • Min exemplifies perseverance. Instead of giving up on playing school with Ann and Bess, Min devises and carries out a clever plan, with remarkable results.
    • The simple and straightforward text is ideal for emerging readers: “Min took the rope up the tree. She got another rock. She tied a rope to it. She pulled.”
    • Emily Arnold McCully’s artwork is lively and expressive. Since Min has only one speaking moment in the book, her endearing personality and positive attitude are articulated almost entirely through the illustrations.

Book Details

ISBN

9780823432882

First Release

March 2015

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

8" x 10"

Page Count

24

Accelerated Reader

Level 0.9; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 320L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Holiday House

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Play, Elephants, Sibling relationships, Creativity, Rockets,

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